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Taiwan's labor conditions making headway: president
Publish Date: 2017/05/02
Update Date: 2017/05/02
Taipei, May 1 (CNA) President Tsai Ing-wen said on Monday that conditions for laborers in Taiwan are making headway, while 10,000 laborers took to the streets in Taipei to demand better protection of their rights earlier that day.

Tsai said on her Facebook page that the delivery of her campaign promises is subject to the supervision of the public and the media and she will address them seriously.

Although reforms will not come in one leap, "the strides we're making are by no means small," she said.

She cited the achievements over the past year, including the two days off per week across the board, overtime pay hikes, new workers' right to special leave after working for six months instead of a full year as previously, and employers being made to pay if the special leave is not used up.

"Taiwan's labor conditions are indeed making headway," she said.

Tsai said that her administration will continue to work hard, improving the labor conditions on one hand and promoting industrial transformation on the other, so that all laborers can work with dignity.

Around 10,000 workers began their march in front of the Presidential Office at 1 p.m. and moved toward the buildings of the Chinese National Federation of Industries and the General Chamber of Commerce of the Republic of China on Fuxing South Road.

They called for all trades to be placed under the Labor Standards Act, for a ban on dispatch work and the spread of atypical employment. They also advocated basic protection of the labor pension system, a rise in the minimum wage and full protection for worker's rights, including the right to unionize and the right to collective bargaining with management. 
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